Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Austin and Minister of Defense Buchuladze

Secretary Austin: Good Afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us. Let me start by thanking Minister Burchuladze for hosting me and for extending such a warm welcome on my first visit to Georgia as Secretary of Defense. I wanted to be in person here today because the United States values Georgia as a strong ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Comments at the Arrival of United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

We’re very honored to have Secretary of Defense Austin visiting us today.  His visit is a sign of the continued close cooperation between the United States and Georgia.  Our security cooperation continues—it’s one of the topics we will discuss during the meetings later today—what more the United States and Georgia can do together to increase ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of Literature Festival

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very very pleased to be here tonight for the opening of the Writer’s House Literary Festival. The United States Embassy has supported the Literary Festival for over six years.  This is the sixth annual event, and we are particularly delighted tonight because the festival is dedicated ... Read More»

Secretary Austin Travels to Europe

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III departs on a trip this weekend to visit Georgia, Ukraine, and Romania and participate in the NATO Defense Ministerial in Belgium. The Department of Defense steadfastly supports its European Allies and partners in the face of Russia’s destabilizing actions in the critical Black Sea region, and the Secretary ... Read More»

The importance of an independent press

Free, independent media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions — all free of government influence. Journalists in the United States can report on public health questions, question elected officials — sometimes aggressively — and raise controversial issues without fear of reprisal. “Information and knowledge are ... Read More»

What is a chamber of commerce?

Membership has its benefits. One way American businesses thrive is by joining local chambers of commerce. Roughly 13,000 chambers represent local businesses within communities, cities, regions or states. “Chambers” afford their members networking opportunities, help them apply for government grants and lobby lawmakers and regulators to pass business-friendly laws or policies. For their part, member ... Read More»

Columbus Day

Columbus Day, a federal holiday, commemorates Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World on October 12, 1492.  While Columbus was not the first European successfully to cross the Atlantic, he initiated the lasting encounter between the Europeans and indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. In 1971, Congress moved the U.S. holiday from October 12 to ... Read More»

Observance of International Day of the Girl Child

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On International Day of the Girl Child, the United States joins the global community in recognizing an inherent truth: all girls around the world deserve to live safe, healthy, and empowered lives.  Girls are critical participants in our local and global communities, poised to be at the forefront of ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information for Georgia

COVID-19 Information for Georgia Last Updated: October 6, 2021 ***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, including U.S. citizens, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider ... Read More»

U.S. Leads Effort to Press Russia on Chemical Weapons Use at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council Meeting

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Today in The Hague, the United States and 44 other countries submitted questions to the Russian Federation regarding the poisoning of Mr. Aleksey Navalny on Russian soil last year.  The presentation of these questions coincides with the Ninety-Eighth Session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, a 41-member policy-making body charged ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on 2021 Georgian Municipal Elections

The United States Embassy congratulates the people of Georgia and the thousands of election workers and professional domestic observers who participated in the October 2 elections.  The high voter turnout despite the COVID-19 pandemic is indicative of the continued commitment of the people of Georgia to democracy and Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic path.  Municipal elections matter because ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks to Media After Visiting Precinct #54 in Gldani

Question about general assessment of the election process Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan: I’m here in Gldani as an election observer. This is one of several precincts that I’ve been able to come and observe during the course of the day. I’m happy to say that the ones that I’ve been to see have been calm. ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Throughout Georgia Event:  This is election weekend in Georgia.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution and stay observant to possible large crowds of people that may appear to be gathering or protesting.  Georgia has a history of unplanned spontaneous protests which can include violence related to elections.  Particular locations throughout Tbilisi, ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Media Interaction at the USAID-Supported Kombucha Production Facility in Kharapila

Q-n about the opening of Kombucha production facility Ambassador Degnan: It is wonderful to be here today for the opening of this state-of-the-art production facility. We were here little over a year ago for the groundbreaking, and despite COVID, entrepreneurs behind this Kombucha factory started this new business in Kharapila near the Administrative Boundary Line. ... Read More»

Preserving a historic African American mural for future generations

American artist Charles White’s famed 1943 mural The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America celebrates prominent African Americans who fought for equality. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Crispus Attucks are depicted in the work, which appears on a wall at Hampton University, a  historically black university  in Virginia. ... Read More»

To support democracy, fight corruption

By Leigh Hartman The United States is stepping up efforts to combat corruption and support honest governance around the world. President Biden, in a  June 3 memorandum , elevated the fight against global corruption to a national security priority. Anti-corruption efforts are one of three pillars of the Summit for Democracy that Biden will host December 9-10. The other two ... Read More»

On Russia’s Obstructionism at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, the premier human rights conference of the Europe-Eurasia region should have opened in Warsaw, Poland.  Unfortunately, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) 2021 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) did not convene due to a decision by the Russian government to block the meeting. We deeply ... Read More»

Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating day of fall of Sokhumi

Sokhumi fell to Russian-backed forces 28 years ago today. This grave tragedy resulted in thousands losing their lives and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. We remember this day with sorrow and with the hope that remains in the hearts of so many internally displaced people. To mark this anniversary and pay tribute to ... Read More»

9 ways USAID strengthens democracy [photo gallery]

The U.S. Agency for International Development works with countries and communities around the world to promote democracy and human rights, including advancing protections for the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia (above). This photo gallery captures some of the many ways USAID supports democracy. Programs in Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Iraq, Mongolia and Jamaica are highlighted in these ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of the Parliament building, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking a demonstration today at 6pm in front of the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi, against the arrest and imprisonment of those involved in violent attacks on journalists in July 2021.  Several of the groups involved in violence on July 5th and 6th ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Chavchavadze Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is monitoring an ongoing protest outside of the European Union building and the new Hilton Garden Inn located on Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake neighborhood of Tbilisi.  In the last week there have been violent confrontations among supporters of various political parties.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds ... Read More»

U.S. will donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide

The United States will ship an additional 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world and form new partnerships to accelerate the recovery from COVID-19, President Biden announced September 22. “The good news is, we know how to beat this pandemic: vaccines, public health measures, and collective action,”  Biden said at a global COVID-19 summit  convened virtually on the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Attacks in Rustavi and Dmanisi

The United States condemns the violent, seemingly politically motivated attacks which took place yesterday in Dmanisi and Rustavi. This, along with numerous reports of pressure and intimidation against opposition candidates and their supporters throughout the country, raises serious doubts about the government’s commitment to a safe, fair pre-election environment and a democratic election process. Violence ... Read More»

Joint Maritime Operations Exercise in Batumi

To help improve Georgia’s response to coastal security incidents, the U.S. Embassy supported a Joint Maritime Operations Exercise in Batumi. The Embassy’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency representatives provided mentorship and equipment for the exercise which brought together numerous Georgian agencies, including Coast Guard, the Maritime Transport Agency, and Customs to improve inter-agency coordination for quick ... Read More»

Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

By Lauren Monsen As American English speakers invent phrases to fit today’s realities, dictionaries follow suit by adding new words to their lists of definitions. Recent entries have been driven by the pandemic and by a growing appreciation of diversity in the U.S. population. The  Merriam-Webster Dictionary  and the website  Dictionary.com  (which is based on the Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary) ... Read More»

U.S. supports vaccinations in hard-to-reach communities

By Michael Laff The United States and international partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach people in remote and traditionally underserved communities around the world. The United States is providing  more than 600 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses  — with no political strings attached — to developing countries and economies. Most donations are through  COVAX, an international partnership designed to equitably distribute vaccine doses  to protect people who are most at-risk. COVAX recently delivered 151,200 U.S.-donated ... Read More»

On the Death of ISIS-GS Leader Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the announcement from our partner and ally France that its troops killed Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi.  We commend France’s continued commitment to countering terrorism and protecting civilians in West Africa in coordination with our African partners. As the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara, Walid Al-Sahrawi bears responsibility for the violence that has taken the lives of countless civilians and military personnel in the Sahel, including the ... Read More»

Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world ... Read More»

U.S. sends COVID-19 vaccines worldwide [rolling updates]

The United States works with international partners to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the world and end the pandemic.America’s support for the global fight against COVID-19 includes: Donating more than  110 million vaccine doses  to other countries. Purchasing 500 million vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries. Contributing $4 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in support of ... Read More»

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As part of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States is providing nearly $64 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly ... Read More»

Americans across the country remember September 11

By   Linda Epstein and   Noelani Kirschner In the 20 years since the  September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks , Americans have gathered on the anniversary to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as the first responders who put their lives on the line to save victims. Here’s a glimpse at how first responders around the United States ... Read More»

20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we honor the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children we lost in New York City, Arlington, and Shanksville on that horrific day. Every one of those individuals was someone’s child, someone’s friend. And the loss of every single one ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Ministry of Defense Following Virtual Meeting Between Minister Burchuladze and the Honorable Jim Locher

I want to thank Minister Burchuladze and the Ministry of Defense for hosting this very important event on Organizational Change Management with Dr. Jim Locher. Dr. Locher has had a distinguished career at the White House, the Pentagon, and in Congress, and is an international expert on Organizational Change Management. The United States and Georgia ... Read More»

Weather Alert

Location: Mukhran Machavariani Street, Tbilisi, Georgia Event: On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze stated that the landslide rehabilitation work on Mukhran Machavariani Street has been completed. Please note that the U.S. Embassy has not had the opportunity to review any technical documents associated with the repairs performed and therefore cannot make a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Parliament’s First Reading of Post-April 19 Agreement Constitutional Amendments

Parliament’s failure today to approve the Constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring broad, multi-party support for an impartial Prosecutor General is another missed opportunity to increase the independence, transparency, and integrity of Georgia’s judiciary. The proposed change in the appointment process was recommended for Georgia by the Venice Commission, an international body of legal experts, in ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the American Culture Center

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a fantastic new initiative, the American Culture Center that was launched today and designed to bring together Americans and Georgians, and show how much we have in common, how many initiatives we are doing together, and to look for new opportunities to continue this strong partnership. We are delighted to be able to ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the Georgian Deployment Program

Major General Matiashvili, General King and Sergeant Major McDonald, Soldiers of the Georgian Defense Forces, and United States Marines. It is a great honor for me to be here today for the closing ceremony of the Georgia Deployment Program. The dedication of the Georgian Ministry of Defense and the Georgian Defense Forces is the main ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at FBI Law Enforcement Crisis Management Training

I’m very pleased to be here today for the conclusion of three-day training practicing crisis management. This was an opportunity to bring together Georgian and the United States law enforcement agencies to practice coordination for responding to a crisis. We all know that crises like natural disasters, or violent criminal incidents, or pandemics can come ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Media Message at Georgian Defense Readiness Program Graduation

This graduation today is another great example of the strong partnership between the United States and Georgia. The Georgian Defense Readiness Program has trained nine Georgian battalions the past three years. United States Army Europe and the Ministry of Defense designed and executed this training program together at Georgia’s request to improve Georgia’s combat readiness, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over a hemodialysis machine to the Kutaisi Regional Clinical Center

On August 26th, the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over a hemodialysis machine to the Kutaisi O.Chkhobadze Regional Clinical Center of Regional Healthcare Center of Georgia. This $25,000 apparatus will be used to treat patients with kidney complications from COVID-19. The donation was funded through USEUCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance efforts for the Government of ... Read More»

On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  I’d like to give you all an update on the situation in Afghanistan and our ongoing efforts there, particularly as they relate to U.S. citizens, and then I’m very happy to take your questions. Let me begin with my profound appreciation for our diplomats and service ... Read More»

Ukraine National Day – 30 Years of Independence

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of Ukraine as you celebrate your Independence Day. Thirty years ago, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada made the bold choice for Ukraine to chart a new course as an independent, democratic, and sovereign state grounded in ... Read More»

U.S. COVID-19 vaccine donations boost immunizations worldwide

The United States’ COVID-19 vaccine donations are protecting people around the world. Governments are increasing vaccination rates as the United States continues to ship millions of vaccine doses worldwide. In July, after receiving 500,000 vaccine doses from the United States, Bhutan announced it had fully vaccinated 90% of its adult population. The United States donated ... Read More»

On International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution, we recognize that individuals around the world are harassed, threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed for exercising their beliefs.  In some cases, governments have used COVID-19 as a pretext to target members of religious groups, members of civil society, opposition voices, and marginalized communities.  This day serves as ... Read More»

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

Today we mark International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Acts of fear-based oppression and violence affect thousands of innocent individuals each year. Victims of terrorism continue in the struggle to have their voices heard, their needs met, and their rights protected. Victims can often feel overlooked, and many have trouble ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Antony Blinken On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize and honor all of the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much – including, for too many of them, their lives — to answer the call to protect and support the world’s most vulnerable populations. We commend the bravery and compassion of humanitarian aid workers who put the ... Read More»

World Humanitarian Day

Today we celebrate World Humanitarian Day by highlighting the great work of the Office of Defense Cooperation, which over the last two years, has administered over 30 humanitarian assistance projects with a total value of over 7 million USD. These projects were executed in seven regions of Georgia and include the following: – $500,000 in ... Read More»

What is the Fulbright Program?

By   Lauren Monsen The Fulbright Program — the flagship international academic exchange of the U.S. government — provides U.S. and international students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals opportunities to  solve global problems . The program awards 8,000 fellowships annually to study, teach and conduct research. Since its inception, 400,000 people from more than 160 countries have participated. U.S. Fulbrighters study, ... Read More»

Joint Statement from the Department of State and Department of Defense: Update on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Department of State and Department of Defense on Afghanistan. Begin text: At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan initially released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federated States of ... Read More»

U.S. vaccine donations top 110 million doses

The United States has donated more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to dozens of countries and is committed to vaccinating the world, President Biden said. Biden announced August 3 that U.S. shipments of vaccines surpassed 110 million and said millions more doses will ship worldwide in the coming months. Vaccinating everyone is critical ... Read More»

ISG Resident Advisors (MoDAs) at work in Georgia

Institutional Capacity Building is founded on relationships – relationships built upon trust. In countries such as Georgia, relationship building happens over tea, or in this case, team building activities such as weaving rugs. Rapport is often established outside the conference room. The added value in this specific instance is its alignment with the Women, Peace, ... Read More»

How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to media in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Q-n: What is the purpose of the visit? Why after 2 years, as I remember, since you became Ambassador of the USA to Georgia, and only now you have come to Samtskhe-Javakheti, to Javakheti in particular?  Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am delighted to be able to visit Samtskhe-Javakheti. My first year, of course, because of Covid, I was ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Belarus

One year ago today, the people of Belarus sought to make their voices heard and shape their own future through that most basic expression of democracy—an election. Rather than respect the clear will of the Belarusian people, the Lukashenka regime perpetrated election fraud, followed by a brutal campaign of repression to stifle dissent. From detaining ... Read More»

Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime to account for its continued, violent repression of Belarusians inside and outside the country.  These steps are a further consequence ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the 13th Anniversary of the August War

Thirteen years ago, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia. Since that time, thousands of residents have been displaced, persecuted, and impoverished. Many have lost their lives. Russia’s aggressive actions, including “borderization” and detention of Georgian citizens, have caused untold hardships. The human costs of the occupation have been particularly grave during the global COVID-19 ... Read More»

23rd Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we somberly remember the terror attacks that took place on August 7, 1998, in Kenya and Tanzania.  Nearly simultaneously, terrorists detonated bombs next to the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.  Their attacks killed 224 men, women, and children, and injured over 4,500 others.  In an ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Concluding Ceremony of Agile Spirit 2021

Q-n about today’s event and the importance of this exercise for interoperability and defense capabilities. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very honored to be here today for the successful conclusion of Agile Spirit 2021 military exercise. This is an important example of the shared values that Georgia has with its NATO allies and friends. We had ... Read More»

Hizballah Rocket Attacks into Israel

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns in the strongest terms Hizballah’s rocket attacks into Israel. This violence puts Israelis and Lebanese at risk and jeopardizes Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty.  The United States remains engaged with Israeli and Lebanese officials, as well as the Lebanese Armed Forces. We call upon the Lebanese government urgently to prevent such ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of Georgia’s First Criminal Evidence Storage Facility

This is why we have exchange programs! Following a trip to the United States to learn more about evidence management, representatives from the Prosecution Service of Georgia built a modern evidence storage facility. This will improve the chain of custody of evidence in criminal cases according to international standards, bolstering public trust in the justice ... Read More»

Georgia – Javelin Missiles

Media/Public Contact pm-cpa@state.gov Transmittal No 21-48 WASHINGTON, August 3, 2021 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Georgia of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $30 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Fighting the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Last week, I laid out what we need to do to beat the COVID-19 vi- — pandemic and the challenges posed by the Delta variant. This is a very different variant than what we’ve dealt with previously.  It’s highly transmissible, and it’s causing a new wave of cases.  It accounts for ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Media Engagement at the Agile Spirit Paratroopers’ Jump Exercises at Vaziani

Ambassador Degnan: This is a very exciting event today to watch the paratroopers. Georgia, the United States, the U.K., Poland – many NATO partners and Allies jumped today here in Georgia on this gorgeous day. This is also a very important event as it demonstrates that our forces are ready, they are interoperable, and they ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan’s Remarks on World Park Ranger Day at Tbilisi National Park

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today to honor Georgia’s park rangers, and the contributions they are making every day to environmental protection, and to helping stimulate economic growth in Georgia’s rural communities.  This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the service of Georgia’s park rangers, who do so much to protect Georgia’s ... Read More»

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Assists International Operation Seizing 368kg (811 pounds) of Heroin

Last week, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offices at U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and U.S. Embassy Kiev, an international operation successfully seized 368kg (811 pounds) of heroin.  The operation was conducted on Ukrainian territory in cooperation with Armenian, Georgian, and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and had been in the works for eight months. Drug traffickers attempted to transport $24 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Georgian Dream’s Withdrawal from April 19th Agreement

The United States is deeply disturbed and exasperated by the unilateral decision of the Georgian Dream party to withdraw from the April 19th Agreement, a document established through six months of difficult but collaborative negotiations, and one that gives an urgently-needed way forward for the Georgian people and their democracy.  One hundred fifteen MPs from at ... Read More»

Harassment of Foreign Journalists in the People’s Republic of China

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned with the increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of U.S. and other foreign journalists in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including foreign journalists covering the devastation and loss of life caused by recent floods in Henan. The U.S. government reiterates the condolences of the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Some non-Georgian private citizens who are not permanent residents of Georgia are now eligible for vaccination by the Government of Georgia under its National Vaccination Plan.  Please refer to our COVID-19 page for more information and note that there will likely be a delay between this announcement and final approval of the relevant government ... Read More»

On World Hepatitis Day U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi Recognizes Hepatitis C Elimination Program

On World Hepatitis Day we recognize the life-saving Hepatitis C Elimination program that has made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of Georgian citizens. Since 2015, the program has cured 52,075 patients, and because of the U.S.-Georgian public health partnership, these expensive treatments are being provided for free. More than 74,000 individuals had ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at the USAID Secure Energy Event at Kartli Wind Farm

Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am here at Kartli Wind Farm to launch USAID’s program to help strengthen Georgia’s energy security. For the next five years, USAID is going to work with public and private partners to modernize Georgia’s energy infrastructure and stimulate investment in new climate-friendly clean energy sources of production. The ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions in Defense of Human Rights in Syria

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is taking action to promote accountability for entities and individuals that have perpetuated the suffering of the Syrian people.  The United States is sanctioning eight Syrian prisons, five Assad regime officials in the institutions that run those facilities, two militia groups, and two militia ... Read More»

Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.  At this time of historic global forced displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have exacerbated the challenges refugees face, making the international commitments in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol more vital than ever.  We are committed to ... Read More»

Protests in Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Protests in Iran that began with a water shortage — owing to drought and governmental mismanagement and neglect — in the Khuzestan province have now spread across various cities including Tehran, Karaj and Tabriz. The Iranian people are now putting a spotlight not only on their unmet needs, but also their ... Read More»

Escalation of Violence along International Border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the recent escalation of violence along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  We call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to uphold their ceasefire commitments by taking immediate steps to de-escalate the situation. Continued tensions along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border underscore the fact that only a comprehensive resolution that ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Assists Georgia in Migrant Smuggling Case

The U.S. Embassy’s Criminal Investigations Office provided assistance to our Georgian partners to investigate a migrant smuggling case.  Kutaisi City Court fully endorsed the evidence presented by the Prosecution and found a foreign citizen J. M. guilty of smuggling a migrant over the Georgian state border using forged documents and creating the relevant conditions for ... Read More»

2021 Investment Climate Statements: Georgia

For the complete list of 2021 Investment Climate Statements please visit the State Department website . Executive Summary Georgia, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, is a small but open market that derives benefits from international trade, tourism, and transportation. While it is susceptible to global and regional shocks, the country has ... Read More»

The push for COVID-19 vaccines is helping fight other diseases

By Leigh Hartman U.S. researchers are adapting new vaccine technology used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic to develop vaccines against other diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines developed by U.S. firms, the U.S. government and international partners have proven 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 in clinical testing. Rather than use a weakened form of ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting the Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

Q-n: the question about the meeting and the topics discussed. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very good opportunity to talk with the Public Defender and her team about some important human rights issues that Georgia is facing today. The Public Defender’s Office plays such an important role in any democracy, but I think particularly ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting with Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze

Q-n about the topics discussed at the meeting with Minister Tikaradze and the vaccination process in Georgia Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The United States is very pleased to be able to donate COVID vaccines to help the people of Georgia. My meeting today with Minister Tikaradze was to discuss the logistics.  It is quite complicated, and we ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at 100 Women Entrepreneurs’ Fair by USAID YES-Georgia

Ambassador Degnan: It’s really wonderful to be here today with 100 female entrepreneurs from all over Georgia. Many of them have been supported by USAID, the United States Embassy, with our private partner Crystal Micro Finance, to help with financing, training, professional mentorship, so that they could get their businesses going and the United States ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Appointment of Judges

Parliament’s July 12 decision to approve six Supreme Court judicial nominations, despite an explicit agreement by Georgia’s political leaders in the April 19 Agreement to “refrain from making appointments to the Supreme Court under existing rules”, is extremely disappointing. Unfortunately, this nomination and appointment process, and the failure to undertake inclusive, comprehensive judicial reform, fell ... Read More»

How does the U.S. census affect Congress?

Every 10 years, the United States redraws the lines that decide legislative districts at the federal and state levels. In the federal government, each state has two senators, but the 435 House of Representatives seats are divided among the states based on their population. That means the census, which happens every 10 years in years ... Read More»

Recent Judicial Appointments in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the Georgian Parliament’s July 12 approval of six Supreme Court nominees, in contravention of the April 19 agreement between ruling and opposition party representatives. Mediated by the EU and the United States under the auspices of European Council President Charles Michel, the April 19 ... Read More»

U.S. supports Uyghurs in ‘Voices of Xinjiang’

Adalet Sabit’s daughter has never met her father. The government of the People’s Republic of China confiscated her husband’s passport and refused to let him leave Xinjiang, where Uyghurs live in a state of constant surveillance. Sabit says her video calls to her husband are denied and she doesn’t know if the pictures she sends ... Read More»

Department Press Briefing

2:11 p.m. EDT MR PRICE: Good afternoon. QUESTION: Good afternoon. MR PRICE: All right. Happy Tuesday, everyone. Just a couple things here at the top. I wanted to start with developments in our own hemisphere. As you know, President Biden and Secretary Blinken have made human rights central to our foreign policy, and I would like to address ... Read More»

U.S. Leadership on Human Rights and Ending Systemic Racism

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This Administration is deeply dedicated to addressing racial injustice and inequities at home and abroad. On the global stage, the United States is leading by example. Last month, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on racism and police brutality against Africans and people of African ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event: In the wake of the violence of July 5th and 6th, Tbilisi is continuing to see a number of protests at Parliament and other government buildings around the city. Generally, these protests are beginning on Rustaveli at 6pm and continuing into the night, though there have been daytime protests as well. ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to the Media at Launch of Georgian Tourism Industry Alliance

Q: about the event Ambassador Degnan: This is a wonderful initiative that brings together tourism associations to share their best practices, make a stronger voice, and work together to reinvigorate Georgia’s tourism industry. This is such an important part of Georgia’s economy and this initiative, I think, will play a role in helping to stimulate ... Read More»

Message on the 26th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today marks 26 years since the genocide in Srebrenica.  The American people join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in solemn remembrance of the over 8,000 victims who were murdered. We stand with the families of those who lost their loved ones and with those who tirelessly seek justice in their ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Berry Forum in Naruja

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very pleased to be here for the Guria Berry Forum. This is a very promising sector for Georgia’s agricultural development, and USAID is very pleased for supporting this. Blueberries, in particular, have seen remarkable increase in their value just in a last two years, up to 4 million dollars in ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visits Auto School highlighting USAID Yes-Georgia activity’s success

Nino Chanishvili’s auto school in Ozurgeti is a notable example of how the United States provides targeted assistance to Georgians in communities across the country. As a beneficiary of @USAIDGeorgia’s entrepreneurship support program which provides financing and training to women across Georgia, Nino has built a successful business and plans to expand by adding more ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event: U.S. government personnel are advised of an ongoing protest of far-right and other groups that have been involved in recent violence in Tbilisi. Around 2,000 to 3,000 people have gathered on Rustaveli Avenue near the Parliament building. Based on recent events, U.S. government personnel are advised to anticipate violence at this ... Read More»

Opening English language lab for Batumi Maritime Academy

English language skills are essential for professionals working with international partners. This is especially true for service members participating in joint and multinational exercises. That’s why the United States helped establish English language labs in Poti and Batumi, which has trained members of the Georgia Coast Guard since 2011. Today we were happy to help ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan welcomes home Georgia’s 32nd infantry battalion

Congratulations to Georgia’s 32nd infantry battalion on their safe return home. This is a historic moment that marks the end of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. In total, 7,078 Georgian soldiers trained and deployed side by side with U.S. Marines over the past seven years. It has been an honor for U.S. service members to ... Read More»

Fight for a world without human trafficking

In 2020, as governments focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, human traffickers found new ways to perpetrate their crimes, a new State Department report says. Traffickers targeted vulnerable families with fraudulent offers that led to exploitation. And more time online left some more vulnerable to trafficking. Meanwhile, lockdowns and social distancing requirements limited victims’ access to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

A protest is planned today, July 6, in front of the Parliament building at 20:00hrs tonight. U.S. Government personnel are advised that the demonstrators will protest the violent attacks on journalists yesterday that occurred during anti-LGBTQI+ protests. A far-right group that was involved in violence on July 5th and is opposed to LGBTQI+ rights has ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. As I said in my Independence Day address to the nation, we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from this deadly virus. Today, after receiving a briefing from my entire COVID-19 team, I’m proud to announce that ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

VIOLENT PROTEST – DOWNTOWN TBILISI The Embassy is tracking multiple protests, including violent confrontations in front of the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi.  Protesters are also gathering at the Philharmonic, the April 9 Park, Rustaveli Metro, and in front of the Kashueti St. George church. These protests have been organized by groups opposed to LGBTQI+ rights. These groups ... Read More»

Joint Statement on violence in Tbilisi

Joint Statement of the Embassies of Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, the European Union Monitoring Mission, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, UN system in Georgia, the United States, and the EU Delegation to Georgia concerning violence in Tbilisi We condemn today’s violent attacks on the civic activists, ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan meets with human rights advocates

The United States continues to support the Government of Georgia and members of civil society in upholding their commitment to protecting the human rights of all citizens. Georgia’s Constitution and laws guarantee every citizen the right to equality and dignity and to freely develop their personality, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Ambassador ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Celebrating Independence Day and Independence from COVID-19

7:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Today — today we celebrate America — (applause) — our freedom, our liberty, our independence.  The Fourth of July is a sacred day in our country — a day of history, of hope, remembrance and resolve, of promise and possibilities. Before me stands monuments of the greatest and the goodness ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Beginning on July 1, 2021, Tbilisi Pride and other LGBTQI+ organizations and supporters will host several Pride Week events around the city. Media reports anti-LGBTQI+ activists’ plan to disrupt this year’s Pride events, and there is a potential of violent confrontations. Many anti-LGBTQI+ activists have also expressed anti-American views. U.S. government ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remark about the 4th of July

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very proud to be able to celebrate America’s 245th Independence Day with some of our Georgian friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, we were not able to do the usual big party at the Embassy because of COVID, but I hope we will be able to do that next year. July 4th is ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MS JOHNSTONE: Good afternoon, and welcome. My name is Kari Johnstone. I am the acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us virtually to mark the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report, or ... Read More»

Release of the 2021 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Report

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Women are a powerful force for peace and essential partners in advancing international security.  The United States has long championed the safe, meaningful participation of women in our diplomatic, development, and defense efforts.  As underscored by the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and our support of ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Beginning on July 1, 2021, Tbilisi Pride and other LGBTQI+ organizations and supporters will host several Pride Week events around the city.   Media reports anti-LGBTQI+ activists’ plan to disrupt this year’s Pride events, and there is a potential of violent confrontations.  Many anti-LGBTQI+ activists have also expressed anti-American views. U.S. government ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan at Breadfield Bakery Opening in Lotchini Gorge

As Georgia’s restaurant industry grows, it creates demand for more locally sourced food products and creates jobs producing, processing, delivering, and serving those products. The Breadfield commercial bakery in Lotchini Gorge is one such company benefiting from international investment and U.S. business partnerships. The company supplies buns to McDonalds’ restaurants in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Digital Education Closure Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of a ten-month program designed to modernize teaching methods through digitalization. This is a part of $1.5 million program that the United States supports for 300 different projects around Georgia that are designed and implemented by alumni of our ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks at the McDonald’s Bread Factory Opening Ceremony

Q-n: We want to know more about this project and [about] the importance of this project. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am really delighted to be here for the opening of the McDonald’s bread factory. This is a great example of a combination of American best business practices and Georgian ingenuity and commitment to high quality products. ... Read More»

U.S. Support for the People of Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, I was honored to co-host with Italy a productive meeting on Syria, during which I reiterated the imperative of ensuring that vital humanitarian assistance reaches all Syrians in need.  I underscored the importance of reauthorizing and expanding the ability of the United Nations to provide this life-saving assistance to the Syrian people across borders — a ... Read More»

The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

At the Global Coalition Ministerial in Rome on June 28, the U.S. Department of State wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Coalition and its goals. The 83-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has worked diligently since 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. The Coalition’s combined efforts have ... Read More»

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we recognize the bravery and humanity of victims and survivors of torture around the world.  The absolute prohibition of torture is a human right enshrined in international law.  Since its inception in 1987, 171 countries—including the United States—have become ... Read More»

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Internship Capstone Exercise

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the importance of investing in and empowering biomedical professionals in Georgia. The U.S. Government is committed to contributing to the education and professional development of emerging student leaders in the biomedical research sciences. Yesterday, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined NCDC Director Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Director Dr. Paata Imnadaze ... Read More»

U.S.-EU-Canada: Joint Statement on Venezuela

The following statement was released by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau. Begin text: We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and its regional and global impact. The peaceful solution to that ... Read More»

US Government donated oxygen-generating factory to the Central Republican Hospital in Tbilisi

Ending the global COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for the American people and the U.S. government. To date, the United States has provided more than $9 million in new assistance to Georgia to mitigate the impact of this disease, as well as committing to share vaccine. Through the Office of Defense Cooperation, the U.S. ... Read More»

Biden: U.S. will donate 500 million vaccine doses for global COVID-19 fight

The United States is purchasing a half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries around the world through COVAX. President Biden announced the “monumental commitment by the American people” on June 10, saying the donation lays the foundation for democratic nations’ sustained efforts to rid the world of COVID-19. “We’re ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting Justice Minister Rati Bregadze

Q-n about the main topics of the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a great opportunity to congratulate minister Bregadze on his appointment as a Minister of Justice and to hear about his priorities. We, the United States, have been working with Georgia on developing its judicial system, including its criminal justice system, for over ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at ISFED Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today with Nino Dolidze of ISFED and the German Ambassador, representatives from civil society, from political parties, from public institutions to discuss the role of social media in Georgia’s coming elections in the electoral cycle. These local elections in October are the ... Read More»

Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

MR. ZIENTS:  Good morning, and thanks for joining us.  We’re joined by Drs. Fauci, Walensky, and Murthy, who I will turn to in a few moments. First, today, I want to report on the progress we are making in our fight to end the pandemic, specifically as it relates to the President’s goals for July ... Read More»

America leads in higher education

Eight U.S. universities made the “top 10” in a global ranking of universities. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 ranks the best universities in the world, rating them on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The  annual ranking  assesses more than 1,500 institutions of higher learning across 93 countries and regions. This year Oxford University in ... Read More»

Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio in co-hosting a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on June 28 to discuss efforts in the campaign to achieve the enduring defeat of ISIS. Ministers will discuss ways to ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day

Today, I join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving ... Read More»

Commemorating World Refugee Day 2021

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE World Refugee Day presents an opportunity to recognize the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the united global response of humanitarian partners that help them.  We mark today with news ... Read More»

In Commemoration of Juneteenth

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of ... Read More»

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has long been committed to the prevention of, and accountability for, conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) as well as efforts to support and protect survivors. On this International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the United States proudly stands with the global community in ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Solidarity Walk Dedicated to World Refugee Day

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It is a real honor to be here today to join with this community in recognizing World Refugee Day. The United States is the largest single provider of humanitarian assistance in the world to refugees, displaced persons, persons affected by conflict and related categories. Just here in Georgia, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden at Signing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, thank you, thank you.   Well, thank you, Madam Vice President.   One hundred and fifty-six years ago — one hundred and fifty-six years — June 19th, 1865 — John, thanks for being here — a major general of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation ... Read More»

10th Anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). These principles recognize a three-pronged approach to protecting human rights in the context of business activity: States have the duty to protect human ... Read More»

Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength

Juneteenth — or June 19 — is an annual holiday to commemorate the contributions made by Black Americans, their resilience despite their history of enslavement, and the continued fight against systemic racism. In the words of historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., “Juneteenth offers a chance for reflection on the past and consideration for the future. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

As we reported in December, the Government of Georgia announced that foreign citizens without a residency permit who were in the country legally on March 14, 2020, have been in the country for more than 365 days, and were not able to leave the country due to a qualifying reason may remain until July 1, ... Read More»

How the U.S. uses trade to deter forced labor

By Leigh Hartman The United States works to stop forced labor around the world. That’s why it won’t import seafood from a fishing fleet based out of the People’s Republic of China. A yearlong U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation found evidence that PRC-based Dalian Ocean Fishing Company demonstrated all 11 of the  International Labour Organization’s indicators of forced labor  (PDF, 4.2MB). On May ... Read More»

USAID and vaccines: Helping save 9.3 million children in the last 10 years

The U.S. Agency for International Development is committed to immunizing people everywhere. Immunization is cost-effective,  slows or halts preventable disease  and gives children a healthy start in life. Most importantly, it saves an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives each year, cutting child deaths globally by at least half. During the last decade, USAID’s child health programs have helped ... Read More»

Attack on Hospital in Afrin, Syria

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We condemn in the strongest terms yesterday’s attacks on the al Shifaa Hospital in Afrin, Syria. This barbaric attack took the lives of children, medical staff, and first responders. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, must never be the target of military action. Additionally, we note that this hospital’s coordinates have ... Read More»

United States Welcomes Actions by Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States welcomes the release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian detainees and their return to their families in Armenia. We also welcome Armenia’s decision to provide Azerbaijan with important information that will facilitate humanitarian demining and avoid future casualties. We are grateful to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the Government of Georgia for the ... Read More»

World Day Against Child Labor

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Child labor harms the physical and mental development of children, depriving them of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity. For their future and for the world’s future, we must do more to combat child labor and protect children from this scourge. June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labor, ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Flag Day And National Flag Week, 2021

In the midst of a revolution, less than a year after declaring our independence, the Congress consecrated what would become an enduring emblem of American unity by adopting a national flag on June 14, 1777. In the 244 years since, the United States has grown and changed across the generations — and our flag has ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation Donation to Veteran’s Hospital

The U.S. Government, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, donated $267,000 in ultrasound, video-endoscopy and cardiology equipment to the Georgian Veterans’ Clinical Hospital, which will enable the facility to provide better medical services to the population, and specialized treatment for veterans. This donation was part of more than $500,000 in funding from U.S. EUCOM, provided ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Historic Vaccine Donation: Half a Billion Pfizer Vaccines to the World’s Lowest-Income Nations

500 million life-saving vaccines to be delivered by June of next year, including 200 million to be delivered by the end of 2021 Donation will serve as the foundation for a coordinated effort by the world’s democracies to vaccinate people around the world   Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will purchase ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at San Diego State University Commencement

Congratulations to the San Diego State University–Georgia graduates of the classes of 2020 and 2021, who received dual degrees accredited by the United States and Georgia! They will go on to work in critical STEM fields such as civil and construction engineering, computer and electrical engineering, chemistry, and computer science. In today’s skill-based economy, these ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker and Ambassador Sterling met Georgian Officials

  The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to our strategic partnership with Georgia and to Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Today, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker and Ambassador Adam Sterling, Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. European Command, discussed Georgia’s Western integration with ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker and Ambassador Sterling’s Meeting at Ministry of Defense of Georgia

The Department of Defense and Department of State work closely together to support the strategic partnership with Georgia. Ambassador Adam Sterling, Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. European Command, joined the delegation visiting Tbilisi this week led by Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker. Ambassador Sterling reiterated in meetings ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker discusses COVID-19 support with Think Tank Consultative Group

  This week President Biden announced that the United States will share COVID-19 vaccines with Georgia, because none of us are safe until all of us are safe. Georgia, Ukraine, and Kosovo are the first three European countries to receive vaccines from the United States, based on regional priorities and partnerships. The United States is ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Civil Society Representatives and International Partners

The U.S. government respects the role of civil society organizations in strengthening democracy in Georgia. Today, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker had lunch with a group of civil society representatives and international partners to discuss the important contributions of these organizations in supporting electoral and judicial reform efforts. He stressed ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Advocates for Media Freedom in Georgia

Threats to media freedom not only interfere with the rights of journalists, but with the rights of the public to access information. Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker arrived in Tbilisi last night, beginning a one-week visit to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. This morning, he met with advocates for media freedom ... Read More»

The United States and UAE partner against ISIS propaganda

The editorial below, written by Omar Ghobash, assistant minister for culture and public diplomacy at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Christopher Hodges, deputy assistant secretary of state for press and public diplomacy and assistance coordination in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, describes ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden Recognizing the 40th Year of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Forty years ago today, five young men in Los Angeles were confirmed as the first known patients stricken with an illness that the world would later come to know as AIDS. In the decades since, more than 700,000 Americans and 32.7 million people worldwide have been lost to AIDS-related illnesses – a heartbreaking human toll ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Travel to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia

Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Yerevan, Armenia June 6-13 to advance bilateral and regional priorities and to express U.S. support for democratic and economic development across the region.     Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker will meet in Georgia with government, opposition, and civil ... Read More»

On the 32nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  Named after the nearby Gate of Heavenly Peace, the square is instead synonymous with the brutal actions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1989 to silence tens of thousands of individuals advocating to have a ... Read More»

Shaheen Visits Georgia with Portman to Meet with Government Officials & Promote Implementation of Democracy Reforms

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, joined Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in Georgia as the final stop of their bipartisan congressional delegation in Eastern Europe. They met with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Foreign Minister David ... Read More»

Shaheen, Portman, Murphy Conclude CODEL to Eastern Europe

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, and U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today concluded their trip to Eastern Europe. They traveled to Lithuania, Ukraine and Georgia to reaffirm U.S. commitment to ... Read More»

United States announces worldwide vaccine donations

The United States has promised to send a projected 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations. On June 3, President Biden announced how the first 25 million will be distributed. In his statement, the president said that at least 75% of the vaccines will go to COVAX — the  international partnership  working to distribute vaccines to ... Read More»

U.S. Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Global Vaccine Distribution

As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight COVID-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere. As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States is committed to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at PITA Closing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very pleased to be here today with the state minister and the deputy public defender to celebrate the successful conclusion of USAID’s PITA program: Promoting Integrity, Tolerance and Awareness. Over the past six years, this USAID program has been implemented by the UN association in Georgia to integrate all of Georgia’s society ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at SIlknet-SAS Partnership Program Signing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today to join in celebrating the new partnership agreement between Silknet and SAS, a leading Georgian company and one of the most important American companies in digital analytics. This partnership agreement brings together Georgia and the United states to work in an innovative new sector: ... Read More»

Georgian Police Day

On Georgian Police Day we celebrate the brave men and women who face daily challenges and often risk their lives to protect their fellow citizens. The United States remains committed to supporting Georgian law enforcement through training, reforms, and modernization efforts. Read More»

Statement by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and the U.S. Embassy on the implementation of the EU-mediated agreement of 19 April

Today, the largest opposition political party in Georgia, the United National Movement, announced that its elected Members of Parliament will enter Parliament. Following this decision, almost all of the 150 MPs will now carry out their mandates entrusted to them by the citizens of Georgia in the 2020 parliamentary elections. This development is another positive ... Read More»

Shaheen, Portman & Murphy to Meet with Belarusian Opposition Leader on CODEL to Eastern Europe, Including Stops in Ukraine & Georgia

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, announced that she will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation with U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to Eastern Europe next week to reaffirm U.S. commitment to ... Read More»

U.S. Marines and Soldiers March in Georgian Independence Day Parade

U.S. Marines and Army Soldiers stand at attention during the celebration of Georgia’s 30th Independence Day since its separation from the former Soviet Union at Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 26, 2021. Marines from the 13th rotation of the Georgia Deployment Program-Resolute Support Mission, Georgia Training Team, and Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, ... Read More»

Georgia’s National Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Georgia as you celebrate your Independence Day. The United States and Georgia enjoy a strategic partnership that is based on shared values.  In the year ahead, we look forward to supporting Georgia as ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (May 25, 2021) Location:  Georgia Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise caution while traveling through downtown Tbilisi. Police are blocking a section of Rustaveli Avenue leading toward Freedom Square due to protest activity. Plan ahead and expect delays this evening. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid large crowds and gatherings. Actions to Take: Avoid ... Read More»

ODC Handed over a $20,000 Bus to the Sachkhere Municipality through its Humanitarian Assistance Excess Property Program

On 20 May, the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation handed over a $20,000 bus to the Sachkhere Municipality through its Humanitarian Assistance program. The bus will be used by the Municipality for an Integrated Activities Day Center, run by the Georgian Red Cross Society to support elderly populations, families of missing and lost individuals ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane and the subsequent ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi Event:  A large demonstration is planned for Sunday, May 23, at 1400 in First Republic Square (the area outside the Radisson Blu Hotel). U.S. government personnel are advised to expect road closures in that area and potential traffic disruption. As a reminder, even large gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into ... Read More»

Biden: U.S. will be ‘arsenal of vaccines’ for the world

In April, the Biden-Harris administration pledged 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to other nations. Now, on May 17,  President Biden announced a donation  of 20 million more. It’s part of an expanding U.S. push to end the global pandemic. The additional vaccines, produced by U.S. manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, bring to 80 million the total number ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial.  The Secretary noted that the United States sought a more stable and predictable relationship with Moscow.  To that end, Secretary Blinken ... Read More»

DCM Rian Harris opened newly renovated science classroom at Prezeti’s Akhaldaba Public School

Science, technology, engineering, and math education challenges children’s critical thinking skills and prepares them for 21st century careers. Georgians with strong skills in these areas will be able to launch new businesses and help grow the economy. Today Deputy Chief of Mission Rian Harris helped celebrate the renovation of the science classroom at Prezeti’s Akhaldaba ... Read More»

U.S. defends religious freedom, a universal right

The United States is committed to defending religious freedom around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said. “Religious freedom, like every human right, is universal,” Blinken said May 12, announcing the release of the State Department’s  2020 Report on International Religious Freedom . “All people, everywhere, are entitled to it no matter where they live, what they believe, ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s visit to Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter

Ambassador Degnan visited Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter, a small, family-equipped facility, which was fully renovated through U.S. Government funding from the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics. Prior to its opening in 2016 there was no such institution in Kakheti.  Ambassador Degnan and Deputy ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  There are three things I want to speak briefly today with you all about: the new — new milestone in our progress against COVID-19 here at home, steps we’re taking to fight COVID internationally, and an important tax cut for families with children under the age of 18.  And that’s where ... Read More»

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Armed Forces Day, 2021

On Armed Forces Day, we honor and offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the patriots who are serving in our Nation’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard.  Their professionalism and unwavering dedication to supporting and defending our Constitution has been vital in allowing our democracy to flourish, safeguarding peace ... Read More»

DCM Rian Harris Addresses Students at Tbilisi’s NATO-EU Center

Today, the U.S. Embassy’s Rian Harris joined State Minister Tea Akhvlediani in reaffirming that Georgia’s western aspirations is an inclusive project that benefits all Georgian people, including those from occupied regions and non-Georgian-speaking minority groups.  Deputy Chief of Mission Harris and Minister Akhvlediani welcomed students from Georgia’s occupied territories to the Tbilisi NATO-EU Information  Center, ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visits dairy farm in Eniseli village

The United States supports Georgians who are bringing new techniques and technologies to their farms to make their products safer, healthier, and more profitable. With the help of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Meri Bachakashvili improved her dairy farm and livestock feed production. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited her farm in Eniseli Village to see ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan opened American Shelf in Kvareli

More than 130 years ago, Ilia Chavchavadze wrote: “If God wills the United States to fulfill its wish for the sake of humankind, it would be a great example for Europe.” Today Ambassador Degnan visited the city where Chavchavadze was born and told students at Kvareli School #1 that today it is Georgia’s wish for ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.  I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Blinken, who will speak to the Department’s  International Religious Freedom Report .  We will then hear from Office of International Religious Freedom senior official Dan Nadel, who will be happy to take your questions on this year’s report. ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I extend my warmest wishes to all Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr. On this Eid al-Fitr, we reflect on the values of charity, community, cooperation, and compassion, and, in the face of a global pandemic, we honor the Muslims worldwide who came ... Read More»

USS Hamilton visits Batumi

Ambassador Degnan traveled to Batumi to welcome U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton’s crew to Georgia.  Ambassador Degnan and Captain Cronin met with Georgian government leaders and gave them a tour of Hamilton.  Before arriving in Batumi, the crew of Hamilton trained underway with the Georgian Coast Guard for two days, improving readiness and interoperability.  This visit is another symbol of ... Read More»

U.S., COVAX support COVID-19 vaccinations worldwide [video]

The United States is the largest contributor to  COVAX , a global initiative to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. In March,  the United States government contributed $2 billion  in support of COVAX, but more funding is needed. “People everywhere should have access to rigorously tested, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said. “The faster we do all this, ... Read More»

The United States and Ukraine: Strategic Partners

“The United States stands firmly behind the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, April 13, 2021 Secretary Blinken will visit Kyiv, Ukraine on May 6, where he will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, to underscore unwavering U.S. support for ... Read More»

Black Sea, Balkan allies and partners commence “Trojan Footprint 21” exercise

Starting May 3rd, 2021, Georgia will serve as a host nation participant for U.S. Special Operations Command Europe’s (SOCEUR) premier SOF exercise, Trojan Footprint 21. U.S. Army Green Berets assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) will train and continue to build interoperability with Georgian Special Operations Forces (GSOF) in tactical training events throughout the ... Read More»

Uyghur educators face prison, death in China

For Uyghurs, using their native language can mean a death sentence. People’s Republic of China authorities are sentencing Uyghur Muslim educators who publish textbooks in their native language to life in prison and even death. A PRC court on April 6 announced the  death sentence against Sattar Sawut , former director general of the education department in Xinjiang, for publishing ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Administrative Violations Code

We are deeply disappointed by the ruling party’s rushed passage of amendments to Georgia’s Administrative Violations Code today. Expedited passage of these amendments was unnecessary and unhelpful. The lack of meaningful consultation with opposition parties, civil society and other stakeholders raises questions about the purpose of the amendments. The April 19 agreement among Georgia’s political ... Read More»

Ambassador’s transcript on the sidelines of the Zugdidi American Corner reopening

Q-n about the purpose of the visit to Zugdidi  Ambassador Degnan: I am really delighted to be in Zugdidi today to celebrate expansion of the Zugdidi American Corner.  This is an important development in our long standing partnership with the city of Zugdidi. We opened this American Corner fourteen years ago, because this is the ... Read More»

Meet the Burmese American who led NASA’s flight on Mars

MiMi Aung is no stranger to historic firsts. She was raised in Burma, where her mother was the first woman in the country to earn a doctorate in mathematics. On April 19, Aung served as team lead for NASA’s first helicopter flight on Mars. It “was an incredible moment,”   Aung said of Ingenuity’s 39-second flight , which is drawing comparisons to ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians ... Read More»

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Laboratory professionals from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Georgia and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW), 19-23 April 2021. Since the development of profession in the 1920s, the laboratory science professional has played a vital role in diagnosing and preventing disease. ... Read More»

Vaccines save lives

Vaccines have helped control and even eradicate many deadly diseases, including polio and smallpox. And now the hunt is on for a vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 disease, which has afflicted more than 2 million people worldwide. Scientists racing toward a COVID-19 vaccine are building on America’s long-standing efforts to limit the toll of infectious ... Read More»

U.S. calls on the Kremlin to end crackdown on press freedom

By  Leigh Hartman Russian authorities raided student magazine Doxa on April 14, arresting four editors and ransacking their homes. The students’ alleged crime? Reporting on university administrators’ attempts to intimidate students protesting in support of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. The students’ arrest is the latest in the Kremlin’s ongoing crackdown on free and independent media ... Read More»

Additional Civilian Assistance to Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden was clear that while the United States will withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, our support for the country will continue.  As part of our commitment to invest in and support the Afghan people, we are working with Congress to provide nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance for Afghanistan in 2021 from ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Human Rights Defenders

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Advancing the Administration’s commitment to put human rights at the heart of U.S. foreign policy, Secretary Blinken met today with eight human rights defenders who work around the globe.  The Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ support for their efforts to build free, equitable, and democratic societies where ... Read More»

U.S. rallies support for global vaccine distribution

Many citizens of developing world nations will receive COVID-19 vaccines thanks to funds being raised by the United States and partner organizations. The recently launched COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility Advance Market Commitment (AMC) aims to raise  $2 billion to procure and distribute up to 1.8 billion safe and effective vaccines  to low- and middle-income countries. On April 15, the United States and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, launched ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Signing of the April 19 Political Agreement

The United States welcomes the agreement reached by the parties today, under the auspices of European Union President Michel’s mediation, to bring an end to Georgia’s political crisis. This agreement required difficult compromises by all sides. Above all, it required political courage and a commitment to the people of Georgia to continue the hard work ... Read More»

Russia’s Intention To Restrict Navigation in Parts of the Black Sea

The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access to Ukraine’s ports in the Sea of Azov, impacting ... Read More»

Nations support U.S. holding Russia to account

The United States is imposing consequences on the Russian government for cyber intrusions, attempted election interference and other “reckless” conduct against the United States and its allies. More than 20 countries issued statements expressing solidarity with or support for the United States. President Biden in an April 15  executive order  strengthening sanctions authority called Russia’s behavior — ... Read More»

Women tackle firefighting’s risks and rewards

Women are making major contributions to fire departments across the United States, achieving new milestones in a field traditionally dominated by men. In February, three women with the  Washington Township Fire Department in Ohio  became the department’s first all-female crew to answer a fire call. In September 2020, five women with the  Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Department  achieved a similar milestone, working an all-woman shift for ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Signing of the 19 April Political Agreement

” I am very pleased to be with all of you this evening after six long, hard months of work. As I have said many times before, and I will say again tonight: the United States is committed to Georgia’s success as a stable, prosperous democracy. You all have shown real political courage throughout this ... Read More»

Joint statement of the Spokespersons of the EU High Representative/Vice-President and of the US Department of State on the EU mediation

After nearly six months of negotiations, the citizens of Georgia have made clear that they want the political crisis to end, and for all elected Members to work together in Parliament and address the serious challenges facing the country, including the regional challenges, COVID, and the economic crisis. With this in mind, the European Union ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Russia

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, folks.  Thanks for coming over. Good afternoon, everyone.  Earlier this week, I spoke with President Putin of Russia about the nature of our relationship — the relationship between our two countries.  And I was candid and respectful; the conversation was candid and respectful. Two great powers with significant responsibility for global stability.  ... Read More»

Holding Russia To Account

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are ... Read More»

Ambassador’s remarks to media at Agriculture panel discussion in Udabno

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Udabno (April 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I think we have seen that Georgia has a lot to offer the tourism sector in general, especially in the rural communities and in agro-tourism in particular, and I think this is a wonderful example of it. The ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Attack on Formula TV Employees

The U.S. Embassy condemns the attacks on Formula TV employees last night, including an assault and an act of vandalism. This follows the beating of Formula journalist Vakho Sanaia in February. We urge the authorities to conduct swift, thorough and impartial investigations into these incidents. Attacks against journalists are unacceptable. Journalists in a democracy must ... Read More»

Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s ... Read More»

US Embassy Statement on deaths of Georgians crossing the ABL

The U.S. Embassy extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Georgians who died yesterday attempting to the cross the Enguri River, and to all of those who are suffering during the humanitarian crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and restricted movement across the Abkhazia administrative boundary line. We appreciate the United Nations’ ... Read More»

Waivers for CDC pre-flight testing

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq. Begin Text: The delegation of the Republic of Iraq, led by Dr. Fuad Hussein, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of the United States Government, led by Secretary of State Antony ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s comments after meeting with Minister of Economy Turnva

This was an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of diversifying Georgia’s energy market.  Georgia’s energy security is so important, but it depends on having a diverse and well-developed energy market.  I think there needs to be good dialogue with communities that are impacted by different energy projects, and that is the basis for one ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Marking the 150 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I just visited a vaccination clinic in Virginia, at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. The seminary and other houses of worship in the area are partnering with the community health centers to offer vaccination and vaccination sites.  They’re seeing these kinds of partnerships where — and not just ... Read More»

U.S. and international partners target Beijing’s Uyghur oppression

The United States and international partners are imposing sanctions against senior People’s Republic of China officials for serious human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang. On March 22, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Global Magnitsky sanctions issued in concert with Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union against top officials with two ... Read More»

Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science,  politics , the arts or other disciplines. The  2019 American Community Survey  shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish or ... Read More»

U.S. and partners seek to deter human rights violations

The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the  2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . “At our best, we stand for ... Read More»

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Georgia

Executive Summary ANNOUNCEMENT: The Department of State will release an addendum to this report in mid 2021 that expands the subsection on Women in Section 6 to include a broader range of issues related to reproductive rights.​ Georgia’s constitution provides for an executive branch that reports to the prime minister, a unicameral parliament, and a separate ... Read More»

Who is in Biden’s Cabinet? [infographic]

By  Helen Efrem When the president’s Cabinet meets, its members sit around a mahogany conference table. The president sits at the center of the right side of the table, and the vice president sits opposite him. From administration to administration, there is some variation in who sits at the table, based on positions that are given Cabinet-level ... Read More»

Trans-Atlantic Webinar Features Educators on the Holocaust 

Teachers and community educators from 32 countries gathered virtually March 18 for the U.S. Department of State’s second in a series of international webinars on Holocaust education. The session, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Dialogues II: Teaching the Holocaust in Challenging Times,” was hosted by U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels in cooperation with the United ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MR PRICE:  Good afternoon.  Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken.  It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the  2020 Human Rights Report . Secretary Blinken will have a statement; he’ll take ... Read More»

Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, who won the ... Read More»

Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

By Noelani Kirschner Diplomat Barbara Watson achieved historic firsts during her time at the State Department. But firsts were familiar in her family. Watson was the child of New York’s first elected Black judge, James S. Watson, and Violet Lopez Watson, a founder of the National Council of Negro Women. Watson’s cousin Colin L. Powell ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (In progress) and thank you, Dr. Ballour, both for the lifesaving service you performed for your fellow Syrians amidst the most harrowing circumstances, and for your powerful, determined efforts to bring the experiences of the Syrian people to the world – and to push for their rights ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken To Release the 2020 Human Rights Report

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Acting Assistant Secretary Lisa Peterson of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take ... Read More»

Briefing with Acting Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS John Godfrey On U.S. Participation in the Upcoming D-ISIS Ministerial

MR PRICE:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I apologize we’re running a couple minutes late here but thank you for joining us as we discuss tomorrow’s virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group.  The meeting, as you know, will be co-hosted by Secretary Blinken and his Belgian counterpart, Deputy ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Secretary Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Borrell

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice President of the European Commission MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the EU High Representative for ... Read More»

Senators Shaheen & Johnson Reaffirm Bipartisan Commitment in Congress in Support of Georgia’s Democracy

March 24, 2021 (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation – and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the subcommittee’s ranking member, held a hearing on bolstering democracy in Georgia in light of the ... Read More»

Black women who changed our world

Many of the modern conveniences we rely on each day come from the accomplishments of African American women. Black women inventors helped shaped the way we watch movies, conduct online meetings, and even heat and secure our homes. They succeeded in developing new technologies despite obstacles, such as resistance to developing their products and other ... Read More»

Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent

Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Kara McDonald Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation  Hearing on “Bolstering Democracy in Georgia” March 23, 2021 Mr. George Kent DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State Washington , D.C. DOWNLOAD TESTIMONY (PDF- 294 KB) Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is deeply disappointing. Around the world, we are seeing increases in the number of domestic violence incidents, including reports of rising femicide in Turkey, the first nation to ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism

“The prevalence, and pervasiveness, of racial discrimination might make the situation look hopeless, but we remain hopeful. Let us expose the racism and racial discrimination endemic to every society, around the globe. Let us press forward, to root out that discrimination and remove the rot from our foundations. And on this day dedicated to ending ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and we must change ... Read More»

Nowruz Message

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the State Department, I would like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Nowruz to everyone around the world who celebrates this festive occasion: from the people in Iran and the Middle East, to Europe, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Americas. Marking ... Read More»

Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Millions of Americans will celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on March 20. Nowruz welcomes the arrival of spring, coinciding with the vernal equinox (when the sun moves across the Earth’s equator, evenly splitting daytime and nighttime hours). The celebration originated in ancient Persia, but it has also been observed by diverse communities in Central ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near Mukhran Machavariani Street, on the way to BIST and Lisi Lake, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:   Reports of the earth cracking and shifting near Mukhran Machavariani Street raise the potential for a landslide. The area, on the way to the British International School of Tbilisi (BIST) and Lisi Lake, is extremely hazardous.  U.S. government personnel are ... Read More»

Nord Stream 2 and Potential Sanctionable Activity

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As the President has said, Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies and partners.  The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the extended “Troika” comprising representatives of ... Read More»

Joint Statement of U.S. Army Europe and Africa and the Georgian Ministry of Defense

As part of the United States’ commitment to strengthening the Georgian Defense Forces (GDF), Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Commanding General, made an official visit to Tbilisi. Minister of Defense Juansher Burchuladze welcomed Gen. Cavoli March 15-17 and reaffirmed the shared commitment to security cooperation. The visit provided an opportunity for ... Read More»

Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

After criticizing the Venezuelan government’s response to COVID-19 in April, human rights lawyer Iván Virgüez was arrested and tortured by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro. Chinese reporter Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan, China, in February 2020 to report on the city’s coronavirus outbreak and was later sentenced to four years in prison. The journalist’s ... Read More»

Biden: Quad partners boosting COVID-19 vaccine production in India

By Leigh Hartman The United States and Quad partner nations are  ramping up production  of U.S.-developed vaccines in India to strengthen vaccination efforts across the Indo-Pacific. President Biden announced the vaccine partnership plan March 12 at the outset of the first leaders’ summit of the Quad, a partnership between the United States, India, Japan and Australia. We’re “launching an ambitious ... Read More»

China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Events at TV Pirveli

We are watching closely developments at TV Pirveli, in particular the interactions between law enforcement and members of the media. The balanced, impartial application of the rule of law and the right of journalists to safeguard their sources – a fundamental principle of media freedom — must remain priorities as this investigation is conducted. Both ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Shutdown

East Room 8:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, my fellow Americans. Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about where we are as we mark one year since everything stopped because of this pandemic. A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked. Denials for days, ... Read More»

The 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Ten years ago, Japan suffered unimaginable tragedy following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. The United States stands in solidarity with Japan to remember those lost and still missing, and to honor the resilience of the Japanese people who rebuilt their homes, their livelihoods, and their ... Read More»

Designation of Iranian Officials Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, we made clear our concerns about the abuses the Iranian government continues to perpetrate against its citizens, including the unjust detention of far too many in deplorable conditions.  The United States is committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for such actions.  Therefore, I am announcing the designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) interrogators Ali Hemmatian and ... Read More»

Katalin Karikó’s research led to COVID-19 vaccines

By Lauren Monsen For more than 40 years, biochemist Katalin Karikó researched synthetic messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid), or mRNA — a genetic code. Her path was not easy. She left her native Hungary in 1985 and settled in Philadelphia with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. But while she landed teaching positions, her grant applications to ... Read More»

International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

By Leigh Hartman When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards Ceremony

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MS FOTOVAT:  Good morning.  My name is Kat Fotovat, and I am the senior official for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues here at the State Department.  It is my pleasure to welcome both our in-person and virtual audience to the 15th Annual Secretary of State’s International Women ... Read More»

Celebrating International Women’s Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life is critical to the ... Read More»

United States Embassy Statement on the Release of the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report

The United States welcomes the release of the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report. The report underscores the continued need for important reforms, particularly in the areas of campaign finance, electoral administration compositions, and dispute resolution. The United States shares these concerns, and urges Parliament to continue a deliberative and inclusive reform process that ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at University of Georgia

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a great example of a long history of cooperation between the United States and Georgia on science and technology. I think the NASA involvement with the Nova Foundation and with this university and with Georgia goes back a long way, and to hear the Chakrulo song ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy donates supplies to State Laboratory of Agriculture

Over the past year, the United States has provided more than $7 million in assistance to help Georgia fight the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the government continues delivering essential services to the people of Georgia. Yesterday, our new Deputy Chief of Mission, Rian Harris, helped the U.S. Embassy’s Defense Threat Reduction Office deliver personal protective ... Read More»

Meet 6 women pioneers of American diplomacy

The United States has been sending diplomats around the world since the 18th century. For the last 100 years women diplomats have been among them. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has emphasized that diversity and inclusion is a priority of the Biden administration. “Diversity and inclusion make us stronger, smarter, more creative and more ... Read More»

Blinken: America will lead with our values

The United States will embrace its role as a world leader and rally international partners to take on pressing global challenges. In his first major speech, March 3, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration’s foreign policy will reflect American values, including a commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden in a Call to Congratulate the NASA JPL Perseverance Team on the Successful Mars Landing

5:04 P.M. EST DR. WATKINS:  Mr. President? THE PRESIDENT:  Yes. DR. WATKINS:  This is Mike Watkins at JPL. THE PRESIDENT:  Hey, Mike.  How are ya? DR. WATKINS:  I want to thank you so much.  We are very well, especially after the — after February 18th. THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what: You did an incredible ... Read More»

World Wildlife Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted globally each ... Read More»

Inventive COVID-19 mask designs come from U.S. universities

By Michael Laff Innovators on U.S. campuses are fighting COVID-19 by creating masks that detect and protect against the virus that causes it as well as by making breathing through masks and testing easier. Color-changing coronavirus sensors Researchers at the University of California, San Diego developed sensors that can be placed on any mask to determine if ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and ... Read More»

How NASA fights climate change from space

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. agency that explores outer space is aiding the global fight against climate change. With more than two dozen satellites and other measuring tools, NASA collects massive amounts of environmental data on everything from air pollution to global temperatures. Scientists use that information to better understand climate change and how to slow it. ... Read More»

Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress   1916. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. Representing ... Read More»

U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional ... Read More»

60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America at its best and the ... Read More»

Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By  Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before ... Read More»

Briefing with Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie M. Stufft on the Current Status of Immigrant Visa Processing

SPECIAL BRIEFING JULIE M. STUFFT, CONSULAR AFFAIRS ACTING DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR VISA SERVICES VIA TELECONFERENCE MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us for this briefing to discuss the current status of immigrant visa processing at our embassies and consulates around the world, especially given the recent recission of Presidential Proclamation 10014.  ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Emergency Use Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, after a rigorous, open, and objective scientific review process, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective vaccine to help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic — the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. This is exciting news for all Americans, and an encouraging development in our ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden at an Event Commemorating the 50 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

South Court Auditorium Eisenhower Executive Office Building 3:19 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all.  Dr. Fauci, thanks for your leadership, thanks for being here. Two weeks ago, I spent some time with you and Dr. Francis Collins — excuse me — the Director of the National Institute of Health, at NIH, and gave ... Read More»

Religious Freedom Concerns in Russia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are disturbed by reports that a Russian court sentenced Valentina Baranovskaya and her son, Roman Baranovsky, to terms of two and six years in a Russian penal colony, respectively, simply for being practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The sentencing of Valentina, a 69-year-old stroke victim, is particularly cruel.  It also marks the first ... Read More»

Crimea is Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins Ukraine in marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s invasion and seizure of Crimea — a brazen affront to the modern international order.  We affirm this basic truth: Crimea is Ukraine. Russia’s occupation and increasing militarization of the Crimean Peninsula have implications far beyond Ukraine’s borders, ... Read More»

How does Senate confirmation work?

By  Mark Trainer Whenever a U.S. president nominates someone to fill a position in his administration — whether it’s just after the election or another time during his term in office — that nominee’s appointment must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400 government positions require confirmation. While many confirmation hearings take place ... Read More»

Black Americans elevated education, fought racism

Ted DeLaney arrived at Washington and Lee University as a janitor. By the time he left, he’d been chairman of its history department. DeLaney’s story is extraordinary, but his path is one shared by millions of Black Americans: Overcome prejudice, seize new opportunities, and contribute to your community and your nation. DeLaney was born and ... Read More»

Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and ... Read More»

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

By Noelani KirschnerSherry L. Brukbacher The history of Black American music in the United States spans four centuries, and now there’s a museum to honor that legacy. The  National Museum of African American Music  (NMAAM), which opened January 30 in Nashville,  Tennessee , calls itself “the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.” Divided ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (#2 on February 23, 2021)   Location: State Chancellery building near Freedom Square, Tbilisi Event:  A demonstration is scheduled for 3:00 PM today (February 23) at the State Chancellery building near Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area as there is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy is deeply concerned by the government’s decision to detain the head of a major opposition political party at the party’s headquarters this morning. We regret that the call of the United States and other international partners for restraint and dialogue was ignored. We are dismayed by the polarizing rhetoric from Georgia’s ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Kakheti Highway near Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Georgian police are conducting an operation at the United National Movement political party headquarters on Kakheti Highway (main route to the airport) on the outskirts of Tbilisi. Police have blocked the main highway and surrounding roads. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area as there is a ... Read More»

Arrest of Opposition Members in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia and other members of the opposition in Georgia. Polarizing rhetoric, force and aggression are not the solution to Georgia’s political differences. We call on all sides to avoid actions that could further escalate tensions and to engage ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

THE PRESIDENT:  Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule.  It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19.  Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead.  That’s more Americans who have died in one year in ... Read More»

Biden: U.S. will work with democratic partners

President Biden says the United States will stand with its European allies and other international partners to confront the world’s most pressing problems. Speaking to the Munich Security Conference February 19 , Biden hailed strong partnerships between free nations as the foundation for countering rising global challenges. He affirmed the United States will partner with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the 100th Anniversary of Georgia’s First Constitution

Congratulations to the people of Georgia on the anniversary of your first constitution.   Georgia’s first constitution was an important step in a century-long commitment to joining the community of Western democracies.   You are right to be proud of this constitution, which was one of the most progressive in the world at the time it was ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden at Pfizer Manufacturing Site

Pfizer Kalamazoo Manufacturing Site Kalamazoo, Michigan 3:24 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Albert, thank you very much.  Thank you not only for what you do for the — the credit you give me that I really don’t deserve.  This is — this is a case of life and death.  We’re talking about people’s lives. I want ... Read More»

The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF S TATE On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Nika Melia

The U.S. Embassy appreciates the restraint shown by the authorities and the opposition in responding to the events surrounding the Melia case. It is imperative that all those involved commit to de-escalating the current tensions so that a way forward can be agreed upon. The United States remains willing to help facilitate constructive dialogue in ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Tbilisi and around Georgia Event:  Unplanned protests could arise in response to developments regarding the Prime Minister’s resignation and the possibility that the United National Movement opposition party chair could be detained.  While the Embassy is unaware of any scheduled demonstrations in connection with these developments, unannounced gatherings in reaction to these events may take ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The current dangerous situation following the Melia ruling stems from decades-long problems with the electoral system and the judicial system. It is imperative the authorities and opposition exercise maximum restraint this morning. The way to address the important issues at stake is through peaceful negotiation. We urge all involved to remain calm and avoid violence. Read More»

Political Developments in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned by recent political developments in Georgia. We call on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any actions or rhetoric that could escalate tensions or result in violence. We urge the Georgian government to act in line with its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and to reinforce its commitment to the principles of ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Thank you, Your Excellency Mr. Jerandi, for your contribution.  And I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State for the United States.  Over to you, sir. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Dominic, thank you very much, and it’s very good to be ... Read More»

African American trailblazers in diplomacy

African Americans’ contributions to U.S. diplomacy began in the late 19th century, when abolitionists Ebenezer Bassett and, later, Frederick Douglass were appointed as chiefs of mission to  Haiti  and the Dominican Republic. Since then,  African American diplomats  have served with distinction all over the world. Ralph Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for negotiating an Arab-Israeli ... Read More»

Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Cases of Ebola

Infectious diseases are transnational health and national security threats. While the world is reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in both Central and West Africa.  The world cannot afford to turn the other way.  We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively, and with commensurate resources to ... Read More»

Why freedom of the press is important [video]

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,  a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government . Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies. Watch this video to learn more about how other ... Read More»

Percy Julian: Revolutionary inventor, grandchild of slaves

Where many saw a bean, Percy Julian saw an entire laboratory. A synthetic chemist, Julian derived medical compounds from substances in plants. From the Calabar bean, he obtained a treatment for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. His work with soybeans supported everything from hydrocortisone shots to treat arthritis to fire retardant ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Dighomi/Zurgovani areas, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a few suspicious incidents in the Dighomi and Zurgovani areas over the last month.  These incidents involved unknown individuals asking young females to get into their vehicles.  In one case, the police conducted an investigation.  These incidents are good reminders that U.S. citizens in ... Read More»

Rocket Attacks in Erbil

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE We are outraged by today’s rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Initial reports indicate that the attacks killed one civilian contractor and injured several members of the Coalition, including one American service member and several American contractors. We express our condolences to the loved ones of the civilian ... Read More»

Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live fire exercise

On 11 February 2021 at Vaziani training area, Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live-fire exercise, using recently delivered 100 MK19 grenade launchers and 200 M2 machine guns. These NATO-interoperable weapons, fielded in units from the platoon to battalion level, are part of a larger, $18M effort to outfit the Georgian Defense Forces with ... Read More»

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

By Noelani Kirschner Black women in the arts have long formed the backbone of America’s cultural landscape. As Americans were reminded at President Biden’s inauguration, young Black artists such as poet  Amanda Gorman  are emerging and sharing their vision for the future with the world. For  Black History Month , we look at past and present defining figures in music, literature and ... Read More»

How Maduro has destroyed life inside Venezuela

By Noelani Kirschner The misrule, oppression and corruption of the illegitimate regime headed by Nicolás Maduro has caused widespread economic suffering and societal collapse in Venezuela. The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, for Encuesta Nacional de Condiciones de Vida) — published by researchers at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas — details how basic infrastructure, ... Read More»

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

By Noelani Kirschner Since 2017, the U.S. has sanctioned people, businesses, and oil entities associated with the former Maduro regime, both inside and outside of Venezuela. Why are sanctions necessary and who actually feels their impact? U.S. sanctions are designed to ensure that Maduro and his cronies don’t profit from  illegal gold mining , state-operated oil operations, or other business ... Read More»

Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

President Biden is ensuring the United States remains a safe haven for  refugees  and that those who apply to immigrate to the country under humanitarian programs are treated with dignity and respect. In a  February 4 executive order , Biden took steps to strengthen the  U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) , a collaboration between government and community groups that reflects America’s core value of taking ... Read More»

America advances GPS with new satellites

By Leigh Hartman Everyone from pizza delivery drivers to airline pilots and international shippers will soon have stronger and more reliable navigation systems thanks to the United States’ GPS overhaul. The U.S. Space Force and private sector partners on November 5  launched the fourth of 32 new satellites  as part of an update of GPS that will continue over the next decade and improve ... Read More»

Honoring America’s ‘First Lady of Physics’

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring a Chinese-American scientist for her significant contributions to nuclear physics, a field largely dominated by men. Born in China in 1912, Chien-Shiung Wu immigrated to the United States and became “one of the most influential American nuclear physicists of the 20th century,” the post office said  in a November statement  announcing plans to ... Read More»

Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

MR. ZIENTS:  Thank you for joining us.  I’m Jeff Zients, White House COVID Coordinator.  I’m pleased to be joined today by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.  We’ve just completed our weekly call with governors from around the country who — where we provided updated on our efforts to ... Read More»

Exploring science with a new generation of girls

From mountaintops to the depths of the seas, American women scientists are tackling global problems. In the past, there were very few women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, but today women hold nearly 3 in 10 of those jobs. The United Nations has designated February 11 the International Day of Women and ... Read More»

U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to reengage immediately and robustly with ... Read More»

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Former Secretary George Shultz

Few people did as much to shape the trajectory of American diplomacy and American influence in the 20th century as George Shultz. He was a gentleman of honor and ideas, dedicated to public service and respectful debate, even into his 100th year on Earth. That’s why multiple presidents, of both political parties, sought his counsel. ... Read More»

Statement on the Death of Secretary George Shultz

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE George Shultz was a legend. As Secretary of State, he helped achieve the greatest geopolitical feat of the age: a peaceful end to the Cold War. He negotiated landmark arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and, after leaving office, continued to fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. He also urged serious action on the climate crisis at a time when too few leaders took that position. He was a visionary. An ardent champion of diplomacy, Secretary Shultz ... Read More»

Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States in recent years has joined the international community on February 6 in observing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States remains committed to ending this egregious human rights abuse and supporting survivors of FGM/C, both at home and around the world. According to the United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Sentencing of Zaza Gakheladze

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi condemns the sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to 12 years and six months in prison, after Russian-led security actors shot and detained him nearly seven months ago along the South Ossetia administrative boundary line.  We reiterate that the dangerous Russian actions taken to wound and detain Mr. Gakheladze would not have ... Read More»

Opening Ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Military Base

On February 5, 2021, Brigadier General Joni Tatunashvili presided over the opening ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Training Area.  GDRP, a three-month training, and readiness program, which includes unit-level training and live-fire exercises, will prepare the Georgian 22nd Infantry Battalion to conduct wartime missions in defense of their nation and ... Read More»

Biden: We will solve global challenges together

President Biden is vowing to strengthen America’s international relationships and tackle global challenges with the help of other nations. In a major foreign policy speech, Biden said the United States will work with the international community to tackle global challenges like the  COVID-19 pandemic  and  climate change , and to advance freedom and dignity for people around the world. “America’s ... Read More»

USS Donald Cook visits Georgia

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is pleased to welcome USS Donald Cook back to Georgia.  Based in Rota, Spain, Donald Cook last visited Georgia in January 2019.  This visit reinforces the strong defense and security relationship between the United States and Georgia while demonstrating U.S. Navy readiness despite challenges posed by COVID-19. During this visit, the Georgian ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China. The Secretary reiterated ... Read More»

Biden sets course for new ‘fair, safe and orderly’ immigration system

President Biden signed three executive orders February 2 to reform the United States’ immigration system. These actions follow the  January 20 executive order  to end discriminatory immigration bans that affected a small group of countries, including some African and Muslim-majority countries. “This is about how America is safer, stronger, more prosperous when we have a fair, orderly, and humane, ... Read More»

U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches the warning signs of genocide

Ever since the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors in 1993, its scholars have been educating visitors about the horrors of Nazi Germany’s genocide of European Jews (and other targeted victims) leading up to and during World War II. But the Washington-based museum also has another important mission: helping the general public — as ... Read More»

On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the  New START Treaty  with the Russian Federation for five years. Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media Prior to Speaker Talakvadze’s Annual Report Presentation

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba, happy to be here at the start of a new year. I think we all know that this is going to be a challenging year for all of our countries. We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with Georgia – the government, civil society, the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Parliament’s Decision not to Terminate Mandates

Parliament’s decision not to terminate the mandates of opposition MPs is a positive step. It gives party leaders the opportunity to continue negotiating to find a solution in the coming days to the political impasse. I urge all party leaders to consider the full range of substantive proposals under discussion in the ongoing dialogue and ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan visits Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center

The Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani highlights more than just the bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia. It exemplifies the commitment, courage, and vigilance of partners who train, fight, and serve together. Saluting our partner soldiers and especially their wounded warriors. Read More»

World Wetlands Day

February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day. The United States protects wetlands through restoration, rehabilitation, and re-establishment projects. These ecosystems are critically important for biodiversity, water quality, and flood control. The U.S. works with other countries to protect wetlands through the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as Ramsar for the city in Iran where ... Read More»

The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the ... Read More»

U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

The U.S. Air Force on December 1, 2020, the 65th anniversary of Parks’ 1955 protest, unveiled a sculpture of her at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, adding to an array of memorials that honor the civil rights icon, who died in 2005 at the age of 92. This year ShareAmerica is highlighting some of ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden On Black History Month

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation that ... Read More»

National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the joint resolution that established the Constitution’s 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.  It is a day when, thanks to the decades-long push of Richard R. Wright and his fellow civil rights advocates, we commemorate our dedication to the ... Read More»

Attacks on Civilians in Syria

The United States condemns the terrorist attacks this past weekend in Azaz, al-Bab, and Afrin that resulted in the deaths of at least 20 civilians, including children.  We extend our sincere condolences to the families of civilians killed and wish a quick recovery to those wounded in these despicable and senseless acts of violence. The ... Read More»

Biden takes bold steps to fight climate change

On January 20, his first day in office, President Biden signed papers to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. On January 27, he issued an executive order deepening  America’s commitment to combat the climate crisis . “We can’t wait any longer,” Biden said before signing the order. “We see it with our own eyes, we feel it, we know ... Read More»

Why science fairs matter in America

In the United States, high school science fairs are an important forum for students to explore what they’ve learned in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while competing with their peers and flexing their creativity. Science fairs help students apply what they’ve learned in STEM subjects in an innovative way. The students start with their ... Read More»

Biden bolsters U.S. support for COVID-19 vaccinations abroad

By Leigh Hartman The United States is joining international efforts to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and treatments reach countries around the world. President Biden on January 21 directed the U.S. government to join the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility . The international initiative seeks to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines and fairly distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end ... Read More»

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirm our commitment to oppose antisemitism, racism, and any other form of intolerance. January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 by Soviet troops. It commemorates the genocide committed by the Nazi regime and its ... Read More»

DTRA donates vehicles to Georgian Border Police

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Proliferation Prevention Program delivered six troop carriers, two 6000 liter fuel trucks, and seven Suzuki off-road vehicles to the Georgia Border Police to increase mobility to the remote border sectors. The equipment will enhance personnel access and enable fuel re-supply to remote border sectors in all weather conditions throughout the ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Arrest and Detention of Alexey Navalny

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United ... Read More»

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Cetron On New COVID Testin

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Marty Cetron On New COVID Testing Requirements for International Travelers   IAN G. BROWNLEE, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS MARTY CETRON, CDC DIRECTOR FOR GLOBAL MIGRATION AND QUARANTINE VIA TELECONFERENCE MR PRICE: Good afternoon, everyone. ... Read More»

United States Export Control and Border Security Program Recognizes Georgian Partners on International Customs Day

“Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain,” reads the slogan of this year’s International Customs Day.  In that spirit, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Export Control and Border Security celebrates its Georgian partners and the U.S.—Georgian strategic partnership. This year’s International Customs Day is dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge ... Read More»

Biden prioritizes U.S. support for global COVID-19 response

By Leigh Hartman President Biden’s top priority is ridding the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. On his first full day in office, Biden issued a presidential directive making  global health security a top national security priority , as well as a  national strategy  (PDF, 24.6MB) for fighting COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics. “U.S. international engagement to combat COVID-19, promote health and advance global health security is urgent ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Attack on Saudi Arabia

The United States strongly condemns the latest attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians. Such attacks contravene international law and undermine all efforts to promote peace and stability. As we work to de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy, including ... Read More»

The presidential Cabinet explained [video]

A new U.S. president carefully considers the people whom he nominates to join his Cabinet — his close partners in governing. Who are the men and women who make up this important group, and what do they do? The term “Cabinet” is never mentioned in the  U.S. Constitution , but the video explains where the term came ... Read More»

Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights

In the state-to-state case of Georgia v. Russia on the 2008 Russia-Georgia War, the Court ruled clearly in favor of Georgia and found Russia responsible for violating multiple articles of the European Convention of Human Rights, including by detaining and torturing individuals, and denying Georgian citizens the right to return to their homes. The court ... Read More»

National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVE – 1 SUBJECT: United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a grave reminder that biological threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate, can have significant and potentially existential consequences for humanity.  This directive ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone today with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss the decision by the United States to reverse its withdrawal from the WHO in one of the first acts following inauguration, fulfill its financial obligations, and work as a constructive partner to strengthen and reform ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Situation in Libya

The following joint statement was issued by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin text: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim ... Read More»

Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad

DANIEL B. SMITH, ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks in Baghdad. The dual bombings killed at least 32 people and injured many more. They were vicious acts of mass murder and a sobering reminder of the terrorism that continues to threaten the lives of innocent Iraqis. We extend our deepest condolences to the families ... Read More»

U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the  World Health Organization , which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a  January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres , reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July. “The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s ... Read More»

U.S. return to Paris Agreement marks renewed climate commitment

By Leigh Hartman The United States is rejoining the Paris Agreement, renewing its commitment to partnering with other nations to tackle the global threat of climate change. After his January 20 inaugural address, President Biden signed  formal documentation  returning the United States to the December 12, 2015, Paris Agreement, a critical framework for avoiding potentially disastrous consequences from climate ... Read More»

Joe Biden: America’s next president

By Lenore T. Adkins Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former vice president and a longtime Capitol Hill lawmaker known for reaching across the political aisle to get things done, takes office on January 20 as the 46th president of the United States. Biden served eight years as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and defeated incumbent President Donald ... Read More»

Kamala Harris: America’s next vice president

By Lauren Monsen Kamala Devi Harris, a senator who has represented California in the U.S. Congress since 2017, will break barriers when she is inaugurated as vice president of the United States on January 20. She will be the first woman — and the first person of African, Jamaican and South Asian ancestry — to occupy that ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido.  Secretary Pompeo and Interim President Guaido discussed their mutual goal of a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela and the United States’ unwavering support for his leadership and for the liberty and dignity of ... Read More»

Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian ... Read More»

The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has sanctioned three individuals and 11 entities for their ties to a network helping Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector.  This action builds on previous sanctions targeting individuals and entities involved in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefitting the illegitimate Maduro ... Read More»

Update on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, the U.S. Department of State released the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Annual Report for 2020.  The report outlined how W-GDP, the first-ever whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment, has reached more than 24 million women around the world in its first two years.  These beneficiaries were directly impacted by U.S. ... Read More»

Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump In Farewell Address to the Nation

The White House THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans. As I conclude ... Read More»

Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS’s recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities ... Read More»

Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate, and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As a political organizer, a supremely skilled orator, and advocate of ... Read More»

Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation PRESS STATEMENT

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions Related to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iranian Shipping Entities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In June 2020, the State Department sanctioned the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (WMD Proliferators and Their Supporters).  At that time, we underscored the fact that IRISL is the preferred shipping line for Iranian proliferators and procurement agents.  We have warned industry ... Read More»

United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON For more than a year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deceit and disinformation. Nearly two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we learn what caused this ... Read More»

Ensuring a Transparent, Thorough Investigation of COVID-19’s Origin

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security. To assist the vital work of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team that arrived ... Read More»

Increasing Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose continued threats to the world’s safety and security. To address these threats, I am increasing the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions. Today, the State Department is identifying 15 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic ... Read More»

United States – Georgia Memorandum of Understanding on 5G Security

The following memorandum of understanding was adopted by the Governments of the United States of America and Georgia on January 14, 2021.   Begin Text:   Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Georgia declare their desire to strengthen cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a ... Read More»

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and ... Read More»

Khamenei deprives Iranian people of COVID-19 vaccines

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is banning highly effective coronavirus vaccines from Iran because they are made in the United States and other Western countries. “I really do not trust” them, Khamenei said January 8, announcing the ban on two widely used vaccines produced in the United States and the United Kingdom,  the Associated Press reports . “Sometimes ... Read More»

At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

By Lenore T. Adkins Americans will honor Martin Luther King Jr. this year on January 18, the date of the federal holiday commemorating the civil rights hero. But students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys in Toledo, Ohio, stand each and every day to pledge allegiance of the flag and to recite the school’s creed ... Read More»

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S. president?

While many democracies swap in new leaders in a sprint, the U.S. ambles along with a transition period of 11 weeks. But slow as that might seem, it’s shorter than the four months the Constitution originally left for the handoff of power from an incumbent to a new president. Picking up the pace The original ... Read More»

The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

January 13   NEWS: @HumanitarianGC – supported by @USAID @FCDOGovUK & @DutchMFA – is awarding $4.5M to @SyriaCivilDef , @TranslatorsWB / @hotosm / @NeedsList4Good , @TranslatorsWB & Murmurate to support new innovations that transform humanitarian aid in the wake of COVID-19. https://t.co/vEkURxjXft — USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (@USAIDSavesLives) January 13, 2021 January 12 Here’s how the  @USAID  and  @UKAidDirect  funded ACCELERE! project in DRC launched “Lecture pour la vie,” ... Read More»

Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

By Noelani KirschnerSuzanne K. Mast While the pandemic has forced many to stay home, museums across the United States are bringing their world-famous collections online for anyone to view. The public response has been enormous. American tech company Google recently reported its most searched terms of 2020, and the second most popular search after the word “virtual” was ... Read More»

The Iran-al-Qaida Axis

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Wang Xiyue, for that very kind introduction and those remarkable words, words that were your own.  We’re blessed to have you here today. Look, as a lot – as you said, a lot of people worked really hard to get you home.  America never gives ... Read More»

The United States Targets Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on two organizations controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR).  While masquerading as charitable organizations, EIKO and AQR control large portions of the Iranian economy, including assets seized from political ... Read More»

Celebrating 20 years of refugee assistance [video]

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the State Department’s Julia Taft Fund for refugee protection and assistance. Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has awarded grants to nearly 800 local partners to help  refugees , returnees and host communities. Learn more about the Taft Fund in this video. Read More»

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Fans of old classics are now free to use and adapt stories, songs and films published in 1925 thanks to U.S. copyright laws’ protections for both the livelihoods of creators and the enjoyment of future generations. Among the thousands of works that entered the public domain January 1, 2021, are classic novels, such as F. ... Read More»

How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

By Lenore T. Adkins In 1839, the Amistad cargo schooner sailed from Havana to Puerto Principe, Cuba, with 53 Africans bound for a life of slavery on the island. But while aboard the schooner, the Africans fought for their freedom. Their battle gained them a reprieve. And soon, American abolitionists would take up their fight in U.S. courts. The Africans ... Read More»